Industry Briefs


At its annual business conference in January, the Automated Imaging Association (AIA; Ann Arbor, MI) announced its new board of directors including president Michael Cyros, president of Allied Vision Technologies Inc. AIA is the world’s largest trade association for the global machine vision and imaging industry and supports events such as The Vision Show and the International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show. Newly elected to two-year terms on the AIA board include George Chamberlain, president and cofounder of Pleora Technologies Inc.; Gregory Hollows, director of machine vision solutions, Edmund Optics; and Peter Tang, VP innovation and technology, ATS Automation.


Benson Group facilities
Medica Packaging (Cheshire, UK), part of folding packaging specialist Benson Group UK, has purchased a Gallus EM340S printing press for its pharmaceutical-focused business to begin work in the labels sector. The machine features a Scantech VisionTrack rewind and inspection machine and allows the facility to offer single-site production. The company says customer demand prompted the purchase and expansion into the new market. Medica has installed a press comparator system to compare the first-off print production pass to a customer-approved PDF, which the company believes could be a first in the pharmaceutical label market.


Cook Urological has for the third time designated Barger Packaging Inc. (Elkhart, IN) the “Dock to Stock” supplier. A representative from Cook cited Barger’s dedication to providing quality materials to safely supply effective medical devices as the quality it wished to recognize with the award.


The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has granted license approval to Bayer HealthCare LLC for its new sterile filling facility on its Berkeley, CA, campus. Bayer Healthcare’s new facility can now supply the Bayer Kogenate (Antihemophilic Factor [Recombinant]) line of products to the large markets of the United States and European Union, as well as support distribution to growing markets. The new 44,000-sq-ft facility increases output and uses several new automated systems.


Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. (Brewton, NY) has selected Trillium Machinery Group of Oakville, ON, as sales representatives in Canada. Schneider says the collaboration will combine its end-of-line case packing and palletizing solutions experience with Trillium’s Canadian packaging industry familiarity. Schneider’s product lines include case packing, robotic palletizing, and complete end-of-line solutions. Trillium Machinery Group provides a range of automatic and semiautomatic packaging machinery and systems to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and personal care industries to the Canadian market.


Pillar Technologies
Induction sealing company Pillar (Hartland, WI) has offered to completely inspect and analyze existing Pillar sealer in use. The company will receive machines at its factory and assess the machine’s viability, create a refurbishment proposal, and rehabilitate it in a timely manner after Pillar’s offer has been accepted. The company says the sealer will return like new, and carry a 90 day warranty.


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